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Assistant Principal

Intrinsic Schools
Chicago, Illinois

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Job Category
Administrator, Assistant Principal
Grade Level
High School
Job Type

Do you want to help design the school of the future? Do you believe each child has different learning needs at different times, and each child can and must be personally invested in their own learning? That children should set ambitious goals, aligned to their unique passions and interests, and schools should support them in achieving their personal goals? Do you believe in the power of community? Come join us as we work to revolutionize public education by flexing time, space, and people to increase student outcomes and improve students’ life trajectories. 


About Intrinsic

Intrinsic operates two high performing schools in Chicago. Our downtown campus opened in 2019 and will have its first class graduate our second class this spring. 

Over the past ten years, we have developed an innovative, personalized learning model that is yielding strong student outcomes and is coveted by families. At Intrinsic, personalization and independence is achieved via a holistic, 1:1 application of technology to empower team-teaching in flexible, data-driven classrooms—called “pods”—in which upwards of 60 students engage in a variety of learning modes from independent work, to instruction, to collaboration and project-based learning. As we look to the next five years, we are committed to continuing to iterate, deepen, and improve our learning model to ensure we are supporting all students to achieve their goals.


About the Opportunity

This role is for our Downtown Campus is a broad role that includes responsibilities related to instructional leadership, student and staff culture and school operations.

Communication and Inspiration 

  • Supports  a culture of transparency and trust with all stakeholders
  • Responds to the needs of students, staff and families  in an open manner
  • Models a commitment to excellence in all aspects of the school
  • Supports development of the administrative team’s school-wide vision & takes an active role in investing and mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school
  • Owns the implementation of select school priorities in support of the school-wide vision
  • Collaborates with administrative team on hiring diverse, highly-effective teachers and school staff

Instructional Leadership

  • Drives implementation of the school’s mission and vision to prepare students for postsecondary success as defined by Intrinsic’s Pedagogical Beliefs and Graduate Outcomes  and EPIC Core Values 
  • Models & supports ambitious instruction by ensuring classes are challenging and engaging
  • Develops systems & processes to constantly gauge level of teaching and learning across the school
  • Designs professional learning that is rooted in research and based on current needs
  • Communicates areas of strengths & improvements related to instruction clearly and consistently 

Student Achievement & Growth

  • Transparently utilizes data to track school progress toward annual goals 
  • Analyzes student academic and survey data via a diversity, equity, & inclusion lens
  • Monitors GPA, attendance and promotion data and develops school-wide plans for improvement as needed to ensure student success
  • Utilizes P/SAT and benchmark data to develop instructional insights to utilize student data in student-centered, challenging instruction & aligned curricula
  • Leads data-driven instruction by supporting teachers and coaches to:
    • Determine how data aligns to end-of-year goals (what is being assessed and how it maps to standards & competencies)
    • Disaggregate data to analyze how different student groups are performing
    • Determine what data is saying about areas of student mastery and growth

Coaching, Feedback, & Professional Learning

  • Provides high-quality instructional coaching with frequent, scheduled teacher observations, actionable & bite-sized feedback, and accountability for adjustment in practice
  • Oversees systems to review & provides feedback on all instructional plans and lesson plans
  • Understands the implications of standards & competencies on what a student should know and be able to do
  • Connects teachers with relevant resources to improve their content and pedagogical knowledge; supports teachers to facilitate student mastery
  • Collaborates with the administrative team to plan and facilitate professional development

Student Experience 

  • Supports a culture of joy and celebration of students and  successes
  • Nurtures a culture of strong relationships between students and staff 
  • Ensures a safe learning environment for all students via a school-wide system of expectations and consequences 
  • Supports the incorporation of  restorative practices into all student disciplinary responses

Continuous Improvement & Innovation

  • Supports the development and implementation of opportunities for students afforded by our downtown location 
  • Models strong staff & student culture strategically and as needed
  • Collaborates with administrative team on hiring diverse, highly-effective teachers and school staff

Who You Are

You believe we must challenge the traditional notions of school to ensure all students receive the education they deserve and need to be successful in college and beyond. 



  • Experience serving in an instructional leadership capacity, such as academic coach, Dean, or Assistant Principal  
  • Minimum of 5 years teaching experience in a core content subject 
  • Track record of strong student outcomes
  • Knowledge of personalized learning with a focus on small group instruction
  • Experience using technology for instruction, communication, and efficiency
  • Experience conducting and facilitating professional development sessions 
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and justice in education and beyond
  • Excellent relationship-building and coaching skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Equal Opportunity Employer

Intrinsic Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Intrinsic Schools ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, gender, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. Intrinsic Schools has a policy of active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and non-certified employees. Any individual needing assistance in making an application for any opening should contact the Department of Human Resources.




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